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6 of Music’s Most Famous Feuds Between Composers

The history of music is full of friendships and feuds. The composers below certainly had complicated relationships. What are your favorite composer clashes? Tell us in the comments. Mozart v. more…

Cirque de la Symphonie Makes Chicago Debut Memorial Day Weekend


Cirque de la Symphonie, the only cirque that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras, makes its Chicago debut at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Saturday of Memorial Day more…

5 of Alisa Weilsterstein’s Favorite New Works for Cello


“I’m a cellist, therefore I don’t have the luxury of ‘favorite’ repertoire,” Alisa Weilerstein said after rehearsing a concerto, Outscape, by Pascal Dusapin, which had its world-premiere performances with the more…

Stanisław Moniuszko: The Most Famous Polish Composer You Haven’t Heard Yet but Should


The name Fryderyk Chopin is synonymous with Polish music and culture. Though Stanisław Moniuszko may not be a household name today, the composer is literally the face of Polish opera. A statue of him rests outside of the Warsaw Opera House, where several of works premiered and for which he served as director.

Chicago Sinfonietta Blasts Off for “Cosmic Convergence”


Great music can transport us, even into outer space! The Chicago Sinfonietta takes audiences on a journey through the stars with a presentation of Cosmic Convergence at Symphony Center. The more…

From Symphony Halls to Security Councils, Composer Mohammed Fairouz Uses Voice for Political Change


When composer Mohammed Fairouz isn’t busy writing symphonies or operas, he’s likely writing about international politics for the Huffington Post, On Being, or Foreign Policy. “I’m engaged in geopolitics and diplomacy on a fairly involved level,” he said in a recent interview. “I’ve been in conversation with people as diverse as Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud,” former head of Saudi Intelligence and Ambassador to the United Kingdom and United States, “and Lana Nusseibeh,” the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations. “I am very comfortable speaking at the Munich Security Conference.”

Violinist Itzhak Perlman cancels North Carolina performance


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another renowned musician has canceled a North Carolina performance in protest of the state’s new law limiting antidiscrimination policies for LGBT people. In a Facebook post more…

How Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Singer Kurt Elling Developed His Chops Singing Motets by J.S. Bach


Though Kurt Elling is one of the most well-loved and highly praised jazz singers of our time, he first developed his chops singing Bach motets. As Elling returned to his more…

5 Hidden Gems By Classical Composers You Should Know


All month long, WFMT is featuring hidden gems by composers you love and some who may be less familiar each day at 9:00 AM central. Enjoy these five hidden gems more…

5 Rising Stars in Classical Music Who Got Their Start in Chicago


Many musicians have started their careers in Chicago, and some of them have also studied at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago. Founded in 2006, the Academy was established more…